3-Legged Dog & Untitled Theater Company #61 to Present THE PIG, OR VÁCLAV HAVEL'S HUNT FOR THE PIG, 3/6-29
3-Legged Dog and Untitled Theater Company #61 have announced the return of THE PIG, OR VÁCLAV HAVEL'S HUNT FOR THE PIG, written by Václav Havel and Vladimír Morávek, adapted into English by Edward Einhorn. Directed by Henry Akona and featuring music from The Bartered Bride by Bed?ich Smetana (with musical arrangements by Mr. Akona), THE PIG, OR VÁCLAV HAVEL'S HUNT FOR THE PIG begins performances on Thursday, March 6 for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 29. Opening Night is Monday, March 10 at 8 PM. The performance schedule is Thursday - Saturday at 8:00 PM; Sunday at 7:00 PM, with an added performance on Monday March 10 at 8 PM. Performances are at 3LD Art and Technology Center (80 Greenwich Street, at Rector, in downtown Manhattan). Tickets are $45, which includes dinner from Korzo; or $20 (without food). Tickets are available by calling Ovationtix at 866-811-4111 or visiting www.3ldnyc.org. Please note, tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance if ordering dinner. For more information, visit www.3ldnyc.org.
The critically-acclaimed theatrical-musical-technological-gastronomic experience by Untitled Theater Company #61 returns to 3-Legged Dog after a successful workshop run during the New Ohio's Ice Factory Festival. In the " sprightly and joyful" (nytheatre.com) THE PIG, OR VÁCLAV HAVEL'S HUNT FOR THE PIG, Václav Havel tells the story of search for a pig he can cook for a party with his dissident friends. An American journalist arrives for an interview. The villagers have a pig to sell, but where is it? And why is everyone singing The Bartered Bride? Food, drink, song, video, politics and celebration collide.
Called "unexpectedly playful and rewarding" by Backstage, THE PIG, OR VÁCLAV HAVEL'S HUNT FOR THE PIG is a performance feast, with pre- and post-show music, that includes dinner from Korzo, a Slovakian restaurant (Village Voice "Best Of" 2008). A-la-carte snacks and drinks, including a selection of Czech beer, are also available.
Before the show, Cabaret Metropol, a New York-based ensemble specializing in classic European cabaret music, performs. The production's "after-party" features a tribute concert of music that inspired the Velvet Revolution, from the Velvet Underground and others, performed by the members of the dynamic cast.
The cast, which is made up of actor/singer/musicians, and features Katherine Boynton (Church at the Public Theater), Melissa Elledge, John Gallop, Andrew Goldsworth, Jennifer Harder (Bathtub Jen), Robert Honeywell (Every Play Ever Written at the Brick), David Hov, Jenny Lee Mitchell (Dance of the Vampires, dir Roman Polanski), Mateo Moreno (World Gone Wrong at the Brick), Emily Shankman, Phoebe Silva, Moira Stone (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? with UTC61), Terence Stone, Michael A. Whitney, Sandy York (China Doll with Pan Asian Rep), and Christopher Yustin (The Blood Brothers Present: An Evening of Grand Guignol Horror).
The creative team includes Christopher Heilman (set design); Carla Gant (costume design); Jeff Nash (lighting design); and Cory Einbinder (video design). The choreography is by Patrice Miller. The Production Stage Manager is Berit Johnson.
The production is made possible by the support of the 3LD Earned Revenue Production Fund, with continued support from the New Ohio Theater and additional support from the Consulate General of the Czech Republic.
Edward Einhorn (English adaptation) writes plays about neurology; adaptations of sci fi novels; translations of French and Czech absurdists and of ancient Greek drama; puppet theater; modern Oz novels; explorations of economic theory; autobiographical found text explorations; midrashim on Jewish cultural icons; picture books about math; a libretto for an oratorio; and other texts of a less definable nature. As a director, he has directed much of the above, and some of his recent venues include La MaMa, 3LD Art & Technology Center, The Ohio, St. Ann's Warehouse, the Walter Bruno Theater at Lincoln Center, The Brick, the Czech Embassy in Washington, and the Bohemian National Hall. He is the Artistic Director of Untitled Theater Company #61: A Theater of Ideas, and the publisher of Theater 61 Press. The New York Times has called his work "exquisitely ingenious" and "almost unbearably funny"; Time Out had called it "challenging, thought-provoking"; and The Village Voice has called it "Inspired absurdist comedy."
Henry Akona (director and musical arrangements) is a director, documentarian, composer, conductor, orchestrator and arranger based in New York City as well as the associate artistic director of Untitled Theater Company No. 61. Recent productions include: The Blonsky Device (director/conductor/arranger/orchestrator), an operatic farce for the 2013 Ig Nobel Awards Ceremony at Harvard University; the world-premiere of The Lathe of Heaven (composer), adapted from the novel by Ursula K. Le Guin; the first English-language workshop of The Pig or Václav Havel's Hunt for a Pig (director/arranger/orchestrator), performed in the Soho Think Tank/Ice Factory 2011 festival; the world-premiere of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (composer) adapted from the novel by Philip K Dick; Rudolf II by Edward Einhorn (director/arranger); the world-premiere of The Velvet Oratorio (composer/director) commissioned for the twentieth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution as part of the "Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe Festival" presented by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center; Cat's Cradle: a calypso musical (composer), adapted from the novel by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.; and the English-language premiere of Václav Havel's A Butterfly on the Antenna (director/composer) in The Havel Festival.